(born February 14, 1950) is an American actor
known to television audiences as the hapless telegrapher Horace Bing in the series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
Collison was born in Evanston
, the son of Peg, a publicist, director, and English teacher, and John Collison, a speech therapist, actor, and writer. His mother directed him in a number of plays as a youth in Virginia and Ohio. When he was a young boy, Frank assisted his father touring with his one-man Abraham Lincoln
show. His father was chosen to play Lincoln for the centennial celebration of Lincoln's first inauguration in Washington, DC; Frank played the young Tad Lincoln.
Collison trained at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, earning a BA in theatre from the San Francisco State University
. He then helped to establish a summer theatre company in the Sierra Nevadas
, and went on to gain an MFA
in acting at University of California, San Diego
. Between acting jobs he has worked as a substitute teacher
, diaper service dispatcher and forest firefighter
. Appearing in over 150 productions, he has worked off Broadway and in regional theatres in California, Boston, and Denver. His theatrical roles have been as varied as "Jacob Marley
" in A Christmas Carol
to "Miss Havisham
" in Great......